Bettendorf unveils new websites

The city of Bettendorf has unveiled a new rebuild of its webpage and creation of a new event and attractions micro-site entitled Discover Bettendorf.


If Bettendorf is going to be a premier city, leaders say it's going to need an attractive website to market all of its events and activities.

After Monday night, it will have just that.

Public Information Office Lauran Haldeman said the city's new-look website went live last Wednesday to iron out the wrinkles, but it's full unveiling will come after presenting the changes during Monday's committee-of-the-whole meeting.

"The city's website is not new, but we've updated the look and given it a more user-friendly update," Haldeman said. It's a cleaner look on the splash page and easier to maneuver."

Haldeman said the city's former website maintained its look for four years, but after conversations in different departments and discussions with the City Council, it was time for a change.

"It's not very bright, kind of flat and there's a lot of information on the splash page that makes it hard to navigate through the website," Haldeman said of the former splash page.

A committee of six staff members, including Alderman Scott Naumann, 2nd Ward, was put together last summer to help devise and implement changes.

Besides the aesthetic differences, mobile versions of the site are also now more accessible and user-friendly.

Because the city hasn't yet promoted the changes, Haldeman said it has not received much public feedback, but the comments from staff and the City Council so far have been positive.

One added element to the city's website is Discover Bettendorf.

Public relations special events specialist Denice Enfield said the micro-site was designed around the City Council liking the idea of having a calendar where everyone in the community could submit their events.

"It's a way to serve residents and people coming to the area," Enfield said. "It's a way to promote all the different things we have going on in our area, not just the events hosted by the city."

Together, both sites will tie into Bettendorf's theme and goal of becoming a destination city.

"We want to make residents happy and show there is a lot to do," Enfield said.